Memo to Sonny Perdue regarding Sunday Sales: the people are trying to tell you something

Our incredible shrinking Governor, Sonny Perdue, continues to maintain his staunch opposition to any Sunday Sales (from package stores) legislation. Even where such legislation would leave it up to individual counties to decide their own position, he would prefer the course against the tide of freedom and an electorate making responsible decisions for how they would want to live within their own county.

Take three towns, for example, that recognize the tax base benefit of increased sales availability for alcohol.

First, we have the continuing battle in Snellville over Sunday sales in restaurants, as Buzz has noted. Set aside the issue of the legality of the moves made by the City Counsel and note the reasons for why Snellville’s leaders want to make this move.

They know that it is good for jobs, local business and all important tax revenue. They want to improve their city. And it looks like the voters there will soon have that choice to make a decision if they want a pizza joint to be able to serve someone a beer on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in small towns like Carl, in Barrow County, local leaders see a similar benefit: again more tax revenue.

Throughout the year, Mayor David Brock had repeatedly discussed the ordinance with the town council, debating whether bringing alcohol to Carl might increase the likelihood of businesses coming into the town.

Brock spoke about how allowing alcohol might encourage businesses to enter its downtown area.

“I’m not much of a drinker myself, but I’d hate to see the city lose the revenue,” he said

Ultimately, the choice was given to the town’s residents, and with a total of 36 votes, with 26 yesses, residents passed the only item on the town’s ballot.

Carl is sandwiched between Winder and Auburn, both of which allow drinks to be poured by the glass in establishments.

Now, an important note here. In both Snellville and Carl, we’re dealing with by-the-glass sales versus package sales. But the point is the same. Before 2010, Carl didn’t want by-the-glass sales. Now they do. And the decision was made by a vote of the people.

Finally, in Jenkinsburg, the City leaders there also have this issue on their radar and understand the important link this issue has for their coffers.

At the Jenkinsburg City Council’s first meeting of the year, Mayor Kenneth Rooks held a brief discussion with the council about the possibility of selling distilled spirits within the city limits.

The council said it would get the public’s view on the issue when the Jenkinsburg Superette applied for its license.

“Allowing the sale of distilled spirits in the city limits is a great way to generate revenue for our city,” said Mayor Rooks. “It would be a step out of hicksville for Jenkinsburg.”

The mayor noted that a liquor store just across the Butts County line is enjoying revenue from Butts Countians who purchase products there.

Snellville, Carl and Jenkinsburg are considering the way they do business. And maybe they want to consider if they desire their liquor stores to be open on Sunday. Maybe they don’t. But that’s the point…they should have the option to make that decision themselves and not precluded from doing so by fiat from the Governor’s empty bar cabinet on West Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta.

Let’s also review what the public thinks about this issue that has come up several times in the General Assembly:

A poll by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that over two-thirds of respondents across the state favor ending the prohibition, a proportion that rises to 80% in metropolitan Atlanta.

Further, studies have shown that lifting sales prohibitions helps lower traffic fatalities and accidents.

All Georgia wants is the opportunity for local communities and counties to have a say on if they will allow Sunday sales from package stores. It’s good for the economy. It’s good for local business and jobs. It’s pretty much good for everyone, even this guy.

But what has Sonny Perdue said about this, an excellent way to increase revenues?

“You can’t do government by referendum.”

The real reason is that he doesn’t drink and he is proud of it and he won’t leave you with the freedom to make choices for yourself.

It’s all about Sonny Perdue and we are just living in his world.

Sonny Perdue talks a good game, when necessary, about freedom and liberty, but it is under his watch the budget of the State has grown and grown and grown (necessitating urgent cuts now). Under his watch a new flavor of cronyism has blossomed. Under his watch the light of individualism has dimmed.

We’ve had seven years of leadership under Sonny Perdue and what will he be remembered for? This.

That isn’t leadership. That’s arrogance. An arrogance to think that we are merely living in his world.

Perdue wants you to think he is a true blue CONSERVATIVE! Expect he isn’t.

And he wants you to know he wants smaller budgets and less government! Expect he doesn’t.

And he wants people to be able to make decisions for their own community on the lowest possible level of government. Except he won’t let them.

Our Governor should take a clue from the populist position of King Roy. He’d sign the legislation and give the people an opportunity to decide themselves on this issue. Why won’t our allegedly conservative Governor?

18 comments

  1. bgsmallz says:

    I’m not a Sonny defender by any means…and on Sunday alcohol sales, I think there is a pretty strong argument that if it were a public safety issue that package sales should be closed after 11pm and before 10am… (I think there are some studies on this…but I can’t find the links).

    However, Pete Randall’s conservatism never ceases to amaze…. every law he doesn’t agree with is a deception of liberty and rooted in fascism. Any law he wants overturned should be subject to referendum and local control…except when the local control leads to higher taxes or ‘fake’ conservatives in office.

    Here is an idea. Take a civics course, figure out what a representative democracy is and what its advantages are over a true democracy, and decide if you want to scrap the whole idea of representative government for anarchy and laws that change and disappear like a fart in the wind.

    Heck, we have the internet now. Shouldn’t our laws just be updated real time based upon current popular opinion? We could put the GA Code, Federal Code, Common Law and all of it out there to be constantly in-line with what the public thinks. That would be awesome and awful conservative of us, huh, Pete?

  2. TalmadgeGhost says:

    [Slow clap], Bravo sir, bravo.

    History will not look back kindly on this Governor – now attempting to raid Hope scholarship funds.

    I would purporte that Sonny-Do may be the only Governor in the history of the State to leave office with his varied business enterprises in much better shape financially (a couple through questionable land deals) than when he entered office.

    Long live King Roy.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Whatever happened with respect to Sonny’s sweetheart unsecurred multi-million dollar loan of a couple of years ago anyway?

  3. shrike071 says:

    Republicans are against all forms of government control in the free-markets…. until they aren’t.

      • Ken in Eastman says:

        ProgessivePeach.

        +1. Republicans aren’t into “liberty.” They’re into plutocracy and religious oligarchies.

        That’s no more true than saying all Democrats are socialists, progressives or communists who are addicted to power, spending other people’s money and the destruction of the middle class and capitalism. It’s just most Democrats who are that way. 🙂

    • I didn’t say the need for the existing large Libertarian party… I said the need for the party. Period. The more the GOP continues to fail, the more we need a third party… be it the Libertarian Party or a different party… we have to have a better choice than we currently have. Being that the Libertarian Party is so far the only third party even running a candidate for the Governor’s office (that I’m aware of anyways), that’s the only one I’ve listed.

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